Top 5 Activities During Winter Season!

Snow is welcome in Traverse City! Winter outdoor recreation options abound in Traverse City. Skiers, snowmobilers, and snowshoe walkers can enjoy the region's gently sculpted environment, which was created 15,000 years ago by the last Ice Age glaciers that were retreating. Here is the list of the BEST activities to do during the winter season!


1. Snowmobiling

Snowmobilers like to head south and east of town to more than 200 miles of the country’s finest and most diverse snowmobiling. The Boardman Valley Trail, just minutes from downtown, is an 81-mile trail system in the Pere Marquette State Forest, where sightings of turkeys, eagles, deer and other wildlife are typical. The Jordan Valley Trail, about a half-hour to the northeast, is a network containing over 130 miles of magnificent trails not far from Shanty Creek and the charming community of Bellaire.



2. Skiing and Snowboarding

Shanty Creek Resorts, a 4,500-acre recreational complex in the beautiful Chain of Lakes region about 30 miles northeast of town, is undoubtedly our premier winter destination for skiers and snowboarders. Shanty's two ski areas, Schuss Mountain and Summit Mountain, offer 53 downhill slopes, six terrain parks, 30 kilometers of cross-country Nordic trails, and a multi-lane alpine tubing park.

Many other skiers and snowboarders have discovered the fun of staying closer to town, taking advantage of low lodging rates and a diverse range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options while skiing at TC's two day ski areas, Mt. Holiday and Hickory Hills.

Skiing and Snowboarding


3. Snow Tubing and Sledding or Fat Biking

Traverse City is also becoming a hub for fat biking, one of the newest winter sports. Fat bikes are specially-adapted mountain bikes with large tires that can ride over snow, and they've become a part of the local winter landscape in the last two years. When you're ready to hit the tracks, try the Vasa Pathways at Timber Ridge RV Resort.

You don't have to be an athlete to enjoy Traverse City's winter recreation. Many of us have discovered that snow tubing can provide a variety of thrills. Tubing has all of the thrilling speed of a toboggan or sled, but you get to sit in the middle of a big soft inner tube and ride down a groomed hill with people watching you. When you reach the bottom, a towline awaits to transport you back to the top so you can do it all over again.

Snow Tubing and Sledding or Fat Biking


4. Winter Vasal Trail

Looking for groomed fat-tire biking or cross-country skiing trails? The Vasa Pathway is comprised of a series of well-marked loops (3K, 5K, 10K, and 25K) that provide cross-country skiers, runners, hikers, mountain bikers, walkers, and naturalists with a range of easy to difficult challenges.

Fat-tire bikers can take advantage of the Winter Sports Single-track trail, a multi-use trail perfect for winter biking and outdoor recreation. Check out a grooming report to find the best conditions.

Winter Vasal Trail


5. Winter Zipline

A great winter activity is the zipline system at Mount Holiday, which allows you to soar through the air over the ski slopes. Its new 10-station zipline has a total length of more than 4,000 feet of cable, while its "Green Zipper" is a two-station zipline with the first leg of 288 feet and the second leg of 306 feet. Both of them require bookings in advance, and you must go with a group of at least four individuals.

Winter Zipline